When professors foster inclusivity in the classroom, they not only help students learn about some of the issues surrounding diverse populations, but also help give students the voice to be more conversant about diverse issues in their fields and the world. Most important, however, is the engagement of students that otherwise may feel marginalized when their own unique experiences remain invisible.
Funded by a Diversity Innovation Grant (DIG) of the Diversity Leadership Council (DLC), TILE was created to spark conversation and share best practices for fostering diversity and inclusion in Johns Hopkins classrooms. This final toolkit includes not only best practices but a repository of specific examples that all faculty are welcome to replicate or re-use. We hope that TILE is one of many ways that faculty and staff support our diverse student body. All faculty are encouraged to participate, especially those in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a TILE you would like to propose for inclusion.
For examples, visit the Center for Educational Resources blog The Innovative Instructor to see a post on The Toolkit for Inclusive Learning Environments.
Project collaborators include Demere Woolway, Director of LGBTQ Life; Macie Hall, Senior Instructional Designer for the Center for Educational Resources; Shannon Simpson, Student Engagement and Information Fluency Librarian, with support from the Sheridan Libraries and Museums Diversity Committee. Most important are the various lecturers and faculty from across the disciplines that will contribute to conversation and content for the TILE.
Please contact Shannon Simpson for more information.
These posts appeared on The Innovative Instructor blog.
February 6, 2015, Fostering an Inclusive Classroom
February 27, 2015, Case Studies for an Inclusive STEM Classroom
March 27, 2015, The Toolkit for Inclusive Learning Environments
This post appeared in the Sheridan Libraries blog.
April 30, 2015, Join a Timely, Relevant Discussion with TILE